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  • The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
  • By: James L. Swanson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Manhunt

By: James L. Swanson
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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Summary

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, DC, across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

James L. Swanson's Manhunt is a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never listened to it before.

©2006 James L. Swanson (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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Not factual but well told

This isn't a factual account of the event so not for history students looking for reliable documentation. It is though a well told story 'around' the facts of the event. I enjoyed it.

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  • Alan
  • 18-08-16

Written by a Booth fanboy.

I thought this was going to be told from these investigative side, but it was told from the criminal side. The author sounds like a Booth apologist, like he admired that man. I didn't like this book. Booth was a narcissist and a murderer and his decision to kill President Lincoln was based on one thing: racism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-20

Wonderful!

This is one of the best books I have ever read. This book is even more detailed than Killing Lincoln.

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  • Arlene Montemarano
  • 18-06-17

Totally fascinating

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this exciting account.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters are vivid and so interesting.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

Booth, of course.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Relive history!

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Even with knowing the outcome, we were riveted.

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  • S. Armour
  • 26-01-21

Booth as a Christ-like figure??

A moderately entertaining retelling of Booth’s tragic and cruel actions. But when the author—repeatedly—compared Booth to Jesus Christ, I stopped listening. It’s probably just bad writing, and not a genuine affiliation with one of the true monsters of American history, but it is, at a minimum, irresponsible and dumb. Don’t encourage this immoral approach to Booth by reading this book.

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  • Gloria
  • 13-09-20

Unabridged shouldn’t mean “throw in everything

This book is WAY too long. Some of it is really interesting but a lot of it is tedious

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-19

absolutely riveting

detailed, engaging, and thoroughly suspenseful. the author presents the various perspectives on Booth's crime. couldn't stop listening. highly recommend.

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  • Dan L.
  • 22-10-21

Amazing!

Absolutely loved it! The narrator tells the story wonderfully. James L. Swanson does a remarkable job transporting the reader (or listener) inside the President's box at Ford's Theatre, and along for the fateful events that followed with remarkable detail. Highly recommend to history buffs and lovers of suspense alike.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

Completely Addictive

This book leaves you on the edge of your seat for the entire duration . It takes you all the way back to 1865, and it keeps your there throughout its entirety.

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  • Ann
  • 07-07-21

Unnecessary Words

author thought incorrectly when he added words supposedly said by John Wilkes Booth. Words that only certain types of people like to throw in to add "color"

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  • Dorothy Burley
  • 21-05-21

Wonderful

Thanks for such an interesting book so many facts really liked the book. Much of which I didn’t know.